Download latest vSphere client installer directly from VMWare

Ever since vSphere 6.5 I’ve bee missing some parts of the vSphere client. I still use it over the web interface for some things such as iSCSI target mapping, port binding, and all those configs. If you, too, miss the vSphere clients, you can make sure you get the latest version from VMWare website, as you cannot get it directly from your host anymore. https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2089791 At the time of this writing, the latest update is VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Update 3. Here’s what is first in their list: VMware vSphere Client 6.0…

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Cloning VMs in VMware vSphere ESXi without vCenter the right way

Sure, there are many ways to make a copy of an OS or VM and spin it up in another instance. But here is the proper way… with vSphere at least.   I’m assuming you already have basic knowledge of templating and wiping the system’s unique identifiers (sysprep for windows, etc) When  you have a VM crafted in the way that you like, with all the software installed or just simply up-to-date with Windows Updates and of course, past the installation. The proper way to clone a VM in my…

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What ports (TCP and UDP) are required for remote access to ESXi with vSphere Client?

I manage a large number of ESXi hosts. These are at remote locations and it’s sometimes extremely difficult for me to gain access to the vSphere console unless we have a site-to-site VPN connection with the client. One of my recent challenges (hah) was remotely accessing and managing an ESXi console via port forwarding. So, even though it’s generally no problem finding information like this, I struggled finding the ports that pertain only to vSphere remote access. The other articles showed me way too much! So here it is! How to…

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